Ark Encounter commercial

Reader Tom wrote me that he saw this ad for Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter Park “during the Red Sox game this afternoon, on TBS.”

I’m surprised it doesn’t mention religion or the Bible, but only the size of the Ark. Is this a way to lure the kids when the Park’s apparently having financial difficulties?

31 Comments

  1. Jeffrey
    Posted August 21, 2017 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    I was in Kansas visiting family over the weekend and saw the same commercial several times while flipping through channels in the hotel. I don’t think I’ve ever rolled my eyes harder.

  2. Posted August 21, 2017 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Woah! The Ark’s almost as big as Drumpf’s…hands!

    b&

  3. busterggi
    Posted August 21, 2017 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    This summer why not visit a big REAL ship?

    http://www.hazegray.org/navhist/preserve.htm

  4. BobTerrace
    Posted August 21, 2017 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    If someone “thinks bigger” they will realize that the story of the ark is not possible in any way.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted August 21, 2017 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

      Exactly!

  5. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 21, 2017 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    During a Sox game? How far they’ve fallen since “Hi, neighbor, have a Gansett!”

    • BobTerrace
      Posted August 21, 2017 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

      That was on TBS not the proper place to view Red Sox games, NESN, New England Sports Network.

      • SnowyOwl
        Posted August 21, 2017 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

        NESN is blacked out, if you currently live in the Evil Empire’s market as defined by MLB… as I do.

    • Posted August 21, 2017 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

      I remember Gansetts. Many memories of a sometimes Bleacher Creature swilling luke warm Gansetts in the hopeless September of a Red Sox season.

      Didn’t know they were still in business.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted August 21, 2017 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

        I think it’s all but disappeared, gone the way of Old Style in Chicago.

  6. Posted August 21, 2017 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    If you are into challenging the cubic cubit crapola of the Young Earther Creationist industry… while it is not quite as old as the biblical Ark story, this article from 1981 by Robert A Moore via the National Center for Science Education remains an excellent debunking resource. https://ncse.com/cej/4/1/impossible-voyage-noahs-ark

    • Jim beamer
      Posted August 21, 2017 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

      That article is quite the Gish gallop!

      • Torbjörn Larsson
        Posted August 21, 2017 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

        I think it attempts to cover much of the problems that is – in modern understanding – Gish galloped over by the underlying myth. And it was not like that in turn was simple, such as a local flood, which can happen and which we can find traces of. (C.f. the ancient Chinese floods that their dam works contributed to, now verified.)

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted August 22, 2017 at 2:58 am | Permalink

      That’s pretty comprehensive. Moore hasn’t just hammered a nail into the coffin of the Ark, he’s brought along a nail gun and hammered the lid shut beyond ever prising it open again.

      cr

  7. Randy schenck
    Posted August 21, 2017 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    That’s pretty disgusting. Hey kids, remember back when g*d killed everyone.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted August 21, 2017 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

      For God so loved the world, he killed everyone in it, even the children and pregnant women, so one family could repopulate the planet via incest. He’d given them “free will” you see, but didn’t like it when they used it.

      • ploubere
        Posted August 21, 2017 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

        And killed them all in a fairly unpleasant way, by drowning.

        • Randy schenck
          Posted August 21, 2017 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

          Yes, apparently he did not know how to just kill people at this time but he could make it rain a whole bunch. Therefore the boat…

      • rickflick
        Posted August 21, 2017 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

        Some creator! Reminds me of a little rug rat tired of his castle made of blocks. Bow!..Bam!..Kick!

  8. Derec Avery
    Posted August 21, 2017 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    “Is this a way to lure the kids when the Park’s apparently having financial difficulties?”

    It’s an attempt. Not sure how successful it will be. But it is definitely an attempt.

    Surprised the producers of the advertisement didn’t mention dinosaurs – that’s still big with kids insn’t it?

    • busterggi
      Posted August 21, 2017 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

      Problem is the Ark’s dinosaurs aren’t robotic or otherwise animated and kids who are really up on dinos will see they are depicted incorrectly.

      • Tom
        Posted August 21, 2017 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

        (Not the tom mentioned above)
        Mr Ham is going to have to spend a fortune modifying his dinosaurs as new information is gathered about their form and habits.
        This (in a sense) means his ideas and his dinosaurs will be truly evolving so I don’t think even Richard Dawkins would object to Mr Ham taking on this worthy task.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted August 22, 2017 at 3:04 am | Permalink

        He missed a trick there. I briefly visited the Natural History Museum in London and they have an animated T Rex – I tend to regard such things as gimmicky and a little silly BUT I have to admit, this one was really impressive. It was extremely well animated and quite convincing. I’d certainly take kids to see it.

        cr

        • infiniteimprobabilit
          Posted August 22, 2017 at 3:15 am | Permalink

          And (from memory) entry to the London NHM is ‘free’ but with a ‘suggested donation’ of – IIRC – 5 pounds (= ~$7) which compares pretty well with the Ark Park’s $40, I think.

          cr

  9. rickflick
    Posted August 21, 2017 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Ham thinks the cuteness of the little kids will rub off on him and his grotequerie.

  10. Mark R.
    Posted August 21, 2017 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if the ad will be tax deductible; sleazy Ham has slippery ways.

  11. ploubere
    Posted August 21, 2017 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Hey Dad, can you pay $40 for each adult ticket and $28 for each kid so we can see a big fake boat? Plus $10 parking.

  12. Brian Salkas
    Posted August 21, 2017 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    The new motto : it may just be a lie, but at least it is a big one.

  13. Posted August 21, 2017 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    I hope the Ark sinks.

  14. jeffery
    Posted August 21, 2017 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    The, “stealth-proselytizing” here is obvious: first, cast your appeal to impressionable children; second, don’t say, “Do you want to have your faith in the Bible reinforced?” Just say, “Hey, kids, ya wanna see a really BIG boat?”

  15. Jim Ritchey
    Posted August 21, 2017 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    I sent this commercial to my brother who was a fundamental Calvinist for 20 years and recently left the church at the cost of his marriage and house. I included a comment which paraphrased Heather Hastie’s comment and added ” such a heartwarming story to tell children “. Here was his reply ….. Almost as heartwarming as God’s plan of what to do with the vast majority of humans that have ever been, while a few worship him for how wonderful he is.


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